‘Captain America’ premiere: Chris Evans is terrified, and Robert Downey Jr. understands

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When Chris Evans arrived at the premiere of ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ in Hollywood on Tuesday night, he looked every bit the movie star: With his tailored suit and quirky Robert Downey Jr.-esque tinted glasses, he seemed to have that whole confident swagger thing down pat.

But what was the 30-year-old really thinking as he made his way down the American-flag-themed red carpet?


‘Believe me,’ he insisted, ‘right now, I’m terrified.’

It’s no secret that Evans was reluctant to take on the part of Steve Rodgers in the big-budget film based on the popular comic book.

For weeks, he turned down repeated offers from Marvel for the role -- fearful of all that would come along with stepping into the shoes of the iconic superhero. Things like screaming fans, he said Tuesday, looking around at all of those who had come en masse to line the streets surrounding the El Capitan.

‘I was scared,’ he said. ‘If you’re scared to do something, you’ve gotta kind push yourself into it. And if you push yourself in, it usually ends up being a good decision.’

Starring in a Marvel movie ended up being quite a positive thing for Robert Downey Jr., whose career has flourished since his turn in the ‘Iron Man’ films. But the actor, who will star alongside Evans in the upcoming film ‘The Avengers,’ said he understood Evans’ anxiety.

‘Evans has had just a nerve-wracking summer up to this point. Up until this night, you’re starting to get the feedback and people are saying, ‘Wow, this really works. And we’re happy and reviews are good and it looks like the numbers are gonna be good,’ he said. ‘It’s a horrible part of the job that we do. But it’s nice when he’s on this side of it, I would imagine.’

Click the pics for more photos from the ‘Captain America’ red carpet. The movie opens Friday.


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-- Amy Kaufman